With a little luck, Nicklas Backstrom would be facing off against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals this week, not Latvia and the Czech Republic.
Two days after leading the Capitals to a Game 7 defeat to the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Dale Hunter has decided to walk away.
One month ago Mike Knuble saw the writing on the wall. His 15-year NHL career would end as a healthy scratch on a team that barely clawed its way into the playoffs.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom knows exactly how the New York Rangers are feeling right about now.